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Dive Review of AQUATIC ENCOUNTERS/ REINA SILVIA in
Galapagos Islands

AQUATIC ENCOUNTERS/ REINA SILVIA, Oct, 2003,

by KEVIN ELMAN, CO, USA . Report 1488.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving JAMACIA, BONAIRE, COSTA RICA, HAWAII, MEXICO (ALL OVER), ROATAN, CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA, VANCOUVER, EVERY MUD HOLE IN COLORADO, NEW MEXICO AND WYOMING
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy, dry Seas noCurrents
Water Temp 70 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions NO REAL ENFORCEMENTS, JUST GOOD SAFETY REMINDERS
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments it's the Galapagos a photgraphy meca! Divemaster (Victor) good at pointing and finding things.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Good: Spectacular diving! Marc Bernardi of Aquatic encounters does everything in his power to make sure you have a good time, great pre trip communication and a heck of a nice guy. The Renia Silvia set up for diving is perfect for a liveaboard. We had the presidents suite and the extra room was very nice. Crew is very helpful and attentive to divers needs. Whale sharks on every dive (saw 5 on one dive alone)!
magnificent hammerheads and walls of fish!

Bad: Communication on the boat (and in the water) could use some improvement. Sometimes the divemaster a little more concerned about shooting his video, than whats going on with the group (o.k. for experinced divers maybe not beginners). Ants in our room attacked the snacks, provided by the boat. Tip envelopes in rooms seemed pushy.

Things to know before: Bring more cash (ATM's can be flakey), bring extra gear, don't count on everything working once you get there, there's no repair shop!

Over all: If you can...Go! Get on the phone right now and call Marc at aqautic encounters, you won't be sorry!
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